Sunday, September 06, 2009

THOUGHTS WORTH CONTINUALLY REVISITING


"Although every human being is a universe within their very being...some hardly dare explore outside the bare house they grew up in. A few travel to the edge of their inner town, fewer still to other cities. But is rare to find one that has lifted from the ground to set sail for places undiscovered."

This beautifully written thought/parable wonderfully paints a picture for me of how easy it is for we humans to stay stuck in our thinking which is always incomplete and too often simply incorrect due to our narrow experience. I think it's also an accurate observation in regards to what seems is the experience of most people...they rarely are able to break free of the confining paradigms they were born into and have grown up being shaped by. They perpetuate an existence we all grow weary of and long to be free of....an existance defined by conflict.

The Shack so gently and so effectively delves into these things that hold most of us captive for far too long. So much of my personal life over the past several years has been about the Spirit gently assisting me in dismantling those that have held me captive...and sometimes not so gently. It's about the disabusing process. I've become very aware of the reality of how much I am in need of this on going necessary process.

"Most emotions are responses to perception---what you think is true about a given situation. If your perception is false, then your emotional response to it will be false too. So, check your perceptions, and beyond that check the truthfulness of your paradigms---what you believe. Just because you believe something firmly doesn't make it true. Be willing to reexamine what you believe. The more you live in the truth, the more your emotions will help you see clearly. But even then, you don't want to trust them more than me." The Shack

1 comment:

Sue said...

Good thoughts. Definitely worth revisiting :)